Many would think that drawing simple elements is equivalent to touching your tongue with the tip of the nose. Some might, and others may not. One can refer to drawing as a driving action. The more you are behind the wheels, the more you learn and master the art. Even though we have listed close to ten pictures for you in this blog, we’ll be guiding people who have just started exploring how to draw effortless pictures.
Remember, the key is drawing and putting things on the canvas that interest you. That’s because you will be sticking to them even if the final product is as messy as you imagined it to be. And, before you even realize it, you will be a master of arts. Even cooler, you may develop your signature touch. Oh yes, it’s you we are talking about. To begin with, here are ten great ways to get everything started. These effortless subjects will help explore essential techniques and develop your confidence as an artist. Besides, you will produce some serious artwork while on course.
When it comes to food as your semantic subject for art, it’s recognizable, universal, best of all, and appealing. Moreover, it tends to stay still throughout. It is essential to know that drawing pictures of different food types will educate you on shapes and expressions that are termed spatial. Guess what? If you want to test your skills, pick a pastry and draw it.
2. Faces and expressions
Drawing the whole character may seem challenging initially. As a result, begin with expressions and faces. After some practice and rounds of drawing these elementary subjects, you will be astonished at the types and variety of emotions that a drawer can convey through precise lines and variations.
Even though you’re a novice, drawing trees is a cinch. It’s challenging to go wrong since various types of trees are there. Whether it’s a simplified triangle transformed into a Christmas tree or a tree with a cloud puff sitting on top of bark with linear branches in it, trees can be drawn by any level of artist.
Detailed or not, flowers can be recognized easily by any viewer. Their organic, non-linear shapes make them forgiving subjects. In addition, it’s an easy way to develop such art with mixed media.
5. Cartoon animals
Cartoons are relatively easier when it comes to drawing them on a canvas. That is because you only have to place bare-minimum lines to draw them. Its simplicity enables you to add adorable emotions and expressions, which, in turn, provides you with coo-worthy cute subjects or creatures.
There is also a long-term bonus. Once you master drawing cartoons of animals, you will be very much equipped with the skills to draw animals realistically.
6. Architectural or building structures
Simple buildings or structures are an ideal way to get started with drawing if you are naive. Even complicated structures will simply involve drawing several lines together in repetition. One only needs to be patient to render them. However, if adding a specific perspective have you stumped and bamboozled, consider using tracing paper. Oh no, it’s not cheating.
When it comes to drawing pictures of leaves, they can be a rewarding subject to adhere to. Straightforward cartoon-centric lines are as simple as drawing basic shapes. Moreover, even a beginner artist can hone such art by drawing leaf shapes continuously. Moving on, you can fill the leaf shapes with creativity. Also, realistic leaf shapes are pretty straightforward to draw too. A drawer only needs to be attentive and observe the shapes of different leaves. And, once done, you can mimic them easily.
8. Paisley designs
Initially, paisley may look like a complicated design to draw, better suited for experienced artists than beginners. However, this is not the truth. Paisley begins with straightforward comma-like shapes, and then you can build it into an impressive, intricate design in a matter of a few minutes.
Does drawing beautiful subjects while relaxing sound like an idea that startles you every time you think of it? Well, then mandalas are perfect for you. While the finished mandala subject may seem quite intricate and complicated, one can simply begin with tracing or drawing. Moreover, you can divide every circle into quadrants and make symmetrical designs and shapes within those designated sections. Even though the resulting subject is outstanding, many people have proved that mandalas can aid in stress reduction and relaxation.
Doodling is one of the simplest ways to sketch or drawing pictures. The fact that one can simply draw it in a free form also pushes away any fear of failure. Furthermore, doodling is a haven where no beginner can do any artistic wrong. Yes, you heard it right. Nearly everyone can doodle, be it rows of stars and hearts or more involved shapes or scenes.
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Gardening, bird-watching, stroking your cat – whatever it is you like doing, just go for it. It’s officially good for you!
‘Pastimes for which your friends would previously mock you start becoming acceptable as you age.’ Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Image
It’s a bleak Monday in January, and you have spent half the morning trying to come up with plausible excuses to get out of doing any work. But I have some good news: the key to a happy life – and I know you were wondering about that – is, apparently, spending more time on your hobbies.
New research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (and not the Institute of the Completely Obvious, as you may have expected), says that valuing your time more than the pursuit of money leads to feelings of greater wellbeing. And by valuing your time, they mean spending it wisely on hobbies, exercising or being with your family.
The researchers even invented two characters, “Tina” and “Maggie”, and asked people who they preferred – money-grubbing sociopath Maggie, who would rather work more hours and make more money, or workshy hippy Tina who wanted to work fewer hours and make less cash. The option of working less and making more money was strangely absent, although that is of course the obvious answer, as evidenced by the hordes of people who bought lottery tickets this weekend.
My main issue with the research is the idea of adults having hobbies. What are hobbies anyway? Pastimes, suggests my boyfriend, which makes them sound marginally less awful. But is eating biscuits while watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians a pastime? Because if so, I am very serious about it, and presumably I am very happy too, although I wouldn’t know it, because I have given up my favourite pastime (drinking) for January – and perhaps for ever if the government’s draconian new guidelines are to be believed.
After all what is the point of being an adult if you can’t gleefully cast off hobbies? Most of them not only smack of Victorian ideals of self-improvement, but are basically activities adults made you do when you were a child so they could get you out of the way for a few hours. If you have been a Brownie or a Scout you will know what I am talking about. Here’s what happened when I was a Brownie: I was awarded a badge for collecting scented erasers (a 1980s hobby if ever there was one) and I was made to do Brown Owl’s housework, under the guise of gaining another badge.
There are very few hobbies that are acceptable as an adult. None involve mindfulness colouring-in and most are a way of life: drinking, eating, listening to music, perhaps a bit of yoga. Of course, there are ways to pass off these everyday activities off as “hobbies”, mainly by making them as complicated and time-consuming as possible. Cooking is brilliant for this. Simply choose an extremely complex recipe with many obscure ingredients – anything by Yotam Ottolenghi is perfect, and I can’t recommend Donna Hay’s beef rendang enough – not only do you have to find fresh turmeric, galangal and kaffir lime leaves, it also takes three hours to cook. Bingo!
Pets are also useful. Dogs – walks, obviously. Cats – well, if stroking cats isn’t a hobby then I don’t know what the world is coming to. Pets with ailments are fantastically time-consuming. My own cat has inflammatory bowel disease, it turns out. I can’t recommend it, but it certainly necessitates spending several hundred hours away from my desk and at the vets.
As with so many things, there is an age dimension. Older people questioned for the study were more likely to say they valued their time compared with younger people. This can only be good news – pastimes that your friends previously mocked you start becoming acceptable as you age – birdwatching, for example. This seems to be fine after the age of 40. Ditto gardening.
So there you have it. Faff around doing anything you like, really, and you may even fool yourself into being happier. After all, isn’t the study basically saying that the more time spent away from work the better? Common sense, really.
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